How does the way arts professionals think about disability influence the way we support the work of disabled artists? Does it matter why we celebrate disabled artists? What can each of us change to support a more inclusive arts environment?
Using his unique perspective on the contrasting environments for disabled audiences and artists across Europe, Ben explored the challenges for all of us: artists, producers, teachers, cultural managers, funders and policymakers. Drawing on a range of examples, Ben explored how everyone involved in cultural production has a role to play in decreasing the barriers which prevent disabled people fully engaging in the arts.
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, and Ben runs a major trans-European project building international links between disabled artists and building links between cultural organisations, arts funders and policymakers seeking to transform access to the arts for disabled people as audiences and artists.
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About the presenter
As the British Council’s Head of Arts & Disability in the European Union region, Ben coordinates a transnational project building links between disabled artists and building links between organisations, arts funders and policymakers seeking to transform access to the arts for disabled people as audiences and artists. This includes the website and regular newsletter www.disabilityartsinternational.org / @DisArtsInt on Twitter. After training and working as a theatre director, Ben became Director of Theatre at London's Oval House - a theatre known for the diversity of its audiences and for the non-conformity of its artists, including pioneering Deaf and disabled artists. Ben then became Creative Director of BeCreative, an independent producing company and consultancy, working on a variety on international projects including launching the inaugural Lagos Theatre Festival in Nigeria. Ben first joined the British Council as the Drama and Dance adviser for EU Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, and subsequently as Head of Arts in Portugal. Ben was also Project Director of an EC-funded four-country project supporting Deaf & disabled performing artists entitled ‘Unlimited Access’.
Attitude is Everything – a website with free resources for music organisations seeking to make their events, concerts and venues more accessible to disabled audiences.
A British Council website - the website run by the British Council to share knowledge internationally about Disability and the Arts: including information about artists, international collaborations, and best practice. They issue a newsletter every 2 months. This is the latest edition. It includes a film about access to Museums and an article about providing access to national monuments and historic buildings.